11 In the Lord I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain”? 2 For look! The wicked bend their bow, They make ready their arrow on the string, That they may shoot [a]secretly at the upright in heart. 3 If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?
4 The Lordis in His holy temple, The Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. 5 The Lordtests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. 6 Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be[b]the portion of their cup.
7 For the Lordis righteous, He loves righteousness; [c]His countenance beholds the upright.
Man’s Treachery and God’s Constancy
To the Chief Musician. On [d]an eight-stringed harp. A Psalm of David.
12 Help,[e]Lord, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. 2 They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; With flattering lips and[f]a double heart they speak.
3 May the Lord[g]cut off all flattering lips, And the tongue that speaks [h]proud things, 4 Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; Who is lord over us?”
5 “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.”
6 The words of the Lordarepure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times. 7 You shall keep them, O Lord, You shall preserve them from this generation forever.
8 The wicked prowl on every side, When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
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